BRATTLEBORO >> The Castleton University men's tennis team is off to a 4-0 start, including victories over Green Mountain and Johnson State and a couple of wins against Norwich.
Junior Seth Marcil, a former Brattleboro Union High School standout, plays at No. 1 doubles and first singles for the Spartans. Marcil and teammate Kevin Rosset are 3-1 this season, while Marcil is 1-3 in singles action.
Senior Soren Pelz-Walsh, who played baseball during the spring at BUHS and previously at Castleton, is a perfect 4-0 at second doubles and is 3-1 at No. 3 singles during his first year on the courts. After losing to Jeff Purdy of Norwich 7-5, 7-5 in the season opener, the Dummerston resident got revenge with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the rematch.
Pelz-Walsh was named the North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Week after beating his Johnson State singles foe 6-0, 6-0 and helping Quentin Barthe to an 8-0 victory in doubles play.
Castleton (4-0) will play at Sage on Thursday at 4 p.m. and then host Lyndon State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Marcil was on the 2011 Colonels team that went 12-1 and lost to Stowe in a Division 1 semifinal. Phil Natowich coached that team that also consisted of Jordan Davie-Stefanick, Isiah Ungerleider, Cesar Moore, Kai-Ming Pu, Cuyler Cunningham, Senou Lynn, Matt Dunn, and Chris Brewer.
Pelz-Walsh, who was considered by many as the best shortstop in the state while at BUHS, played in the North/South baseball game as a senior along with Colonel teammates Tommy Heydinger and Jamie Martell.